15 Aug 2020

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The ISM (International Safety Management) Code, in itself, is not a magic wand, that will bring safety or prevent pollution. It depends on the organization on how it implements the Code. Safe operation of ships and the prevention of pollution should have been any organization's objective. Yet all over the world owners to save money compromise these objectives. Did not the Titanic on Apri...

01 Apr 2020

Maritime training institutions (MTIs) play a key role in the overall safety of the maritime industry by ensuring only competent seafarers are certified. Quality Standard System (QSS) enable MTIs to deliver competent seafarers using a process approach to designing and delivering courses. Since the sinking of the Titanic, the world community has been concerned with the competencies of mari...

01 Apr 2020

Five AS9100 Myths Busted!   AS9100 provides the framework for companies seeking to implement an Aerospace Quality Management System (AQMS). AS9100 is intended for manufacturing companies while AS9110 is intended for those organizations that conduct aviation/aerospace maintenance.   Myth: AS9100 certification means implementing a new system and changing the way we wo...

01 Apr 2020

Quality Standards System (QSS) For Maritime Training Institutions   Maritime training institutions (MTIs) play a key role in the overall safety of the maritime industry by ensuring only competent seafarers are certified. Quality Standard Systems (QSS) enable MTIs to deliver competent seafarers using a process approach to designing and delivering courses. Since the sinking of t...

01 Apr 2020

ISO 14001 remote audits – Pros and Cons ISO 14001 lead auditors globally are faced with a new challenge. Auditing of their systems when virtually the globe is in lockdown owing the COVID-19 virus. Fortunately, ISO 19011 in its 2011 revision allowed remote audits and even gave a table that outlines the considerations for virtual (remote audits). ISO 14001 lead auditors conducting inter...

01 Apr 2020

Almost everyone would like to receive a quality product or service. Quality Management Systems enable organizations to do just this but strangely enough do not guarantee it. Often the definition of quality varies; the needs of the customer and/or the product/service promised, get lost in translation. Communication plays a vital role in any relationship including in the business and custo...

30 Mar 2020

eight steps for internal audit
Internal audit programs play an important role in ensuring the success of the system. ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001,  ISO 45001 provide the framework for management systems to function using a process-based approach, to achieve customer and other stakeholder’s requirements. Organizations certified to ISO standards, strive to be compliant, efficient and remain certified. Succe...

25 Mar 2020

ISO 9001 certification decline graph
ISO 9001 certification have seen a decline in the past two years per data from ISO. Some say that the standard has gotten too complicated with the introduction of organizational context, risk-based thinking and the removal of mandatory documented procedures. Even a few of QMII’s clients had considered letting their certification lapse as conformity to the new standard was perceived as to...

18 Feb 2020

Every organization needs to consider the aspects of their organization, and the impacts they have on the planet.  Understanding the impacts is critical to the sustainability of the organization, and in the long run, the planet. Most organizations only consider the impacts of their processes in relation to waste created and materials used.  While these are important, an organization sh...